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Last Flag Flying

Director: Richard Linklater

Writer: Richard Linklater, Darryl Ponicsan (screenplay), Darryl Ponicsan (novel)

Cast: Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, J. Quinton Johnson, Yul Vazquez

Cert: 15

Running time: 124mins

Year: 2017


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What’s the story: Larry Shepherd contacts Sal Nealon and Richard Mueller, who served with him in Vietnam, to help escort his son’s body home after he was killed in Iraq. But, the journey takes longer than expected as secrets are revealed and past events are revisited.

What’s the verdict: Midway through Richard Linklater’s excellent new movie, Bryan Cranston’s troublemaking Sal says every generation gets its war. Every generation also gets its sign-of-the-times dark military comedy.

Vietnam had Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H and Hal Ashby’s The Las...

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Don’t Breathe

dont-breathe-posterDirector: Fede Alvarez

Writer: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues

Cast: Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Stephen Lang

Cert: 15

Running time: 88mins

Year: 2016

 


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What’s the story: In economically depressed Detroit, three thieves plan to break into the house of a local blind man, who they believe is stashing a small fortune. But, the old man, an Iraq war veteran, is a tougher opponent than they realise.

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What’s the verdict: Fede Alvarez previous movie was the raw, bloody, surprisingly successful Evil Dead remake. Remember this before watching Don’t Breathe, because this thriller packs knockout horror punches.

A swooping opening shot provides an intriguing teaser of things to come before the film flashes back to introduce its trio of young ne’er do wells, mid-burglary...

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American Sniper

American-Sniper---posterDirector: Clint Eastwood

Writer: Jason Hall  (screenplay), Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, James Defelice (book)

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Sammy Sheik, Mido Hamada

Cert: 15

Running time: 132mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: 21 years after Unforgiven, Clint Eastwood again dives deep into the psychological impact of killing with this nerve-fraying war movie. Bradley Cooper is Chris Kyle, the US Navy SEAL with 160 confirmed kills, making him the most lethal sniper in US history. The cumulative effect of four tours of Iraq on the man dubbed “The Legend” by his fellow soldiers on both Kyle and his family is impressively realised through brutal combat scenes and stand-out performances from Cooper and Sienna Miller as Kyle’s wife.

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The full verdict: David O...

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Out of the Furnace

Out of the Furnace - poster quadDirector: Scott Cooper

Writers: Brad Ingelsby, Scott Cooper

Cast: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, Sam Shepard, Zoe Saldana

Cert: 15

Running time: 116mins

Year: 2013

   

The lowdown: A cast to kill for flesh out this taut thriller from the director of Crazy Heart. Christian Bale is a buttoned down steel worker suddenly faced with the rotten side of life when Iraq veteran brother Casey Affleck finds himself in deep with the wrong crowd. Woody Harrelson intimidates both characters and the audience as an Appalachian crime boss spat out of the darkest corner of a mountain, while Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker and Zoe Saldana offer first rate support. Bruising, melancholy, but memorable.

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The full verdict: From the pre-credit scene when Woody...

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